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Did a parachutist really descend into helicopter blades?
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m***@yahoo.co.uk
2013-06-27 19:51:45 UTC
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Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it really happened on August 9th 1987 at Thruxton Aerodrome in Hampshire, UK. The 21 year old girl who was tragically killed by the helicopter was in a family group from (if my memory serves me correctly) Maidenhead in Berkshire, UK.
The family spent the previous night in a bed and breakfast house less than one mile from Thruxton itself. How do i know this? Because i stayed in the same bed and breakfast establishment on the same night, and i was talking to the very girl that very morning at the breakfast table. She was telling me it was her first jump and she was nervous but excited etc. etc.
Thomas Prufer
2013-06-28 05:00:46 UTC
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Post by m***@yahoo.co.uk
Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it really happened on August 9th 1987 at Thruxton Aerodrome in Hampshire, UK. The 21 year old girl who was tragically killed by the helicopter was in a family group from (if my memory serves me correctly) Maidenhead in Berkshire, UK.
The family spent the previous night in a bed and breakfast house less than one mile from Thruxton itself. How do i know this? Because i stayed in the same bed and breakfast establishment on the same night, and i was talking to the very girl that very morning at the breakfast table. She was telling me it was her first jump and she was nervous but excited etc. etc.
Ed? Ed? Is that really you?


Thomas "a decade?" Prufer
Mac
2013-06-28 20:45:57 UTC
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On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:00:46 +0200, Thomas Prufer
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Post by m***@yahoo.co.uk
Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it really happened on August 9th 1987 at Thruxton Aerodrome in Hampshire, UK. The 21 year old girl who was tragically killed by the helicopter was in a family group from (if my memory serves me correctly) Maidenhead in Berkshire, UK.
The family spent the previous night in a bed and breakfast house less than one mile from Thruxton itself. How do i know this? Because i stayed in the same bed and breakfast establishment on the same night, and i was talking to the very girl that very morning at the breakfast table. She was telling me it was her first jump and she was nervous but excited etc. etc.
Ed? Ed? Is that really you?
Ed is laying low, what with the ricin scare.
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p***@gmail.com
2013-10-16 02:24:03 UTC
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Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it did as I remember it was 1997 a woman and it happened in Germany the report at the time I read was the woman may have died from shock before hitting the blades.
R H Draney
2013-10-19 07:41:26 UTC
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Post by p***@gmail.com
Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it did as I remember it was 1997 a woman and it happened in Germany the
report at the time I read was the woman may have died from shock before hitting
the blades.
They tell you when landing with a parachute to keep your knees together, but the
spinning blades would have made any such attempt a struggle at best....r
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j***@gmail.com
2016-02-03 17:51:52 UTC
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Yes at Thruxton result suicide. Dispatched by a friend of mine from 1Para.
s***@gmail.com
2016-04-18 01:56:37 UTC
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Everything falls at the same speed unless acted upon by drag. Like a feather would have resistance and fall slower, but a golf ball and an airplane would fall at the same speed.
m***@aol.com
2016-07-29 09:47:03 UTC
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Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
I have looked all over the internet for information of a young girl who was in her 20's who died in the 1970's (i think) at Thruxton airfield She fell through helicopter rotor blades when parachuting i have learned.
She was not a novice but not sure of her total jumps. This is not the young girl doing her first jump for Charity 1987 which i did find some information about I have only recently heard of her death but i cannot find any information on the accident. I was a close friend of her at the time If anyone can give me any further information it would be most appreciated Thank you Ian
k***@gmail.com
2017-07-14 13:50:41 UTC
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Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
I have looked all over the internet for information of a young girl who was in her 20's who died in the 1970's (i think) at Thruxton airfield She fell through helicopter rotor blades when parachuting i have learned.
She was not a novice but not sure of her total jumps. This is not the young girl doing her first jump for Charity 1987 which i did find some information about I have only recently heard of her death but i cannot find any information on the accident. I was a close friend of her at the time If anyone can give me any further information it would be most appreciated Thank you Ian
I was one of the people with Paula that weekend - I didn't know her but over the two day training weekend spoke with her a few times - the weather was blustery that afternoon and inconsistent in direction and strength - sadly this was a significant factor in Paula's death - she was in the first group of 4/5 parachutists out of approx 12-15 of us to be lifted up by plane for our jumps - we jumped from approx 2,500ft - we drew lots when to go - one of the first jumpers landed outside of the airfield in an adjoining field (bearing in mind we were meant to land in a corner of the airfield near to where we were training) - the airfield wasn't just used by parachutists but also aircraft, mainly for training as it transpired - I sadly watch Paula veer totally hopelessly off course into the centre of the airfield - I remember watching how her course was bearing straight towards a training helicopter that was hovering about 5 - 10 foot off the ground, I hoped that as I was about 300m from the helicopter that she was going to land way short or beyond it.

I know there was an enquiry not long after - which I can't remember the outcome of - but I know the parachute centre closed down some time after - it's almost impossible to imagine how mixing a static line parachute jump with an airfield was deemed safe.

I was a terrible thing that happened that day - I'm conscious it's the 30th anniversary of her death this August - I'll pray for her soul on the day of her death as I have at many times done since - Tom
t***@googlemail.com
2017-07-20 12:09:16 UTC
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I jumped there the week before and landed just outside the airfield. Sounds similar to the above, I just missed a helicopter taking off as my parents watched in horror. I got away with a broken ankle.
b***@gmail.com
2017-08-15 16:14:26 UTC
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Sadly I was with her boyfriend that day, his car had broken down on route, so did not get there. I was a work colleague at the time time and sadly he went of the rails. Paula was also a school friend of mine, And to answer your question, the answer is Yes.
m***@gmail.com
2018-06-01 06:58:51 UTC
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A bit late to answer your question but the answer is YES.
Thruxton aerodrome in october 1987 if i recall. I lived in West Sussex at the time, and was on my way back from visting a friend in hospital in Oxford and, as i am a plane spotter, planned to visit a fly in at nearby Popham airfield the next day and ended up staying at a B&B nearly opposite Thruxton aerodrome. In the morning at the breakfast table i was talking to a family from Maidenhead in Berkshire. They were doing a parachute jump that morning for charity. The lady (21 yo if i recall) who was tragically killed by the blades of the hovering helicopter was the very lady i was talking to that very morning. She was telling me she was nervous but excited. When i got home that evening i read the news on the TV.
Witnesses said they could hear the lady’s screams above the sound of the hovering helicopter
r***@gmail.com
2019-07-17 16:31:32 UTC
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Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it happened in 1987. google "thruxton airport accident". I was flying out of there at the time.
David DeLaney
2019-07-18 04:46:57 UTC
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Post by r***@gmail.com
Many years ago I heard a gruesome radio news report about a
parachutist who descended to her death into rotating helicopter
blades...can anyone confirm if this really happened?
yes it happened in 1987. google "thruxton airport accident". I was flying out
of there at the time.
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